Books That Shaped My World Series in 2019

Melissa F. Kean Book Selection

  1. “Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories,” Dr. Seuss (1958)
  2. “The South Through Time: A History of an American Region,” John Boles (1995)
  3. “Learn Hebrew Today: Alef-Bet for Adults,” Paul Michael Yedwab (1992)
  4. “Harriet the Spy,” Louise Fitzhugh (1964)
  5. “The Complete Tales of Uncle Remus,” Joel Chandler Harris (1906)
  6. “Tulane: The Emergence of a Modern University, 1945–1980,” Clarence L. Mohr and Joseph E. Gordon (2001)
  7. “Creating the Cold War University: The Transformation of Stanford,” Rebecca S. Lowen (1997)
  8. “Gone with the Ivy: A Biography of Vanderbilt University,” Paul K. Conkin (1985)
  9. “Straight Man,” Richard Russo (1998)
  10. “Pictures from an Institution: A Comedy”, Randall Jarrell (2010)
  11. “Lucky Jim,” Kingsley Amis (2012)
  12. “Stoner,” John Williams (1965)
  13. “Our Mutual Friend,” Charles Dickens (1864–65)
  14. “Dear Committee Members,” Julie Schumacher (2014)
  15. “Anecdotal Evidence: A Blog About the Intersection of Books and Life,” Patrick Kurp (2006–2019)
  16. “The Complete Essays of Montaigne,” translated by Donald M. Frame (1957)
  17. “The Lady With the Dog and Other Stories,” Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1899)
  18. “Every Thing That Rises Must Converge,” Flannery O’Connor (1965)
  19. “Complete Stories, 1960–1992,” Peter Taylor (2017)
  20. “The Power of the Powerless,” Václav Havel (1985)
  21. “Fabulous Small Jews,” Joseph Epstein (2003)
  22. “War and Peace,” Leo Tolstoy (1869)

C. Sidney Burrus Book Selection

  1. Richard Halliburton’s “Book of Marvels: The Occident” (1937) and , “Book of Marvels: The Orient” (1938)
  2. “Catch-22,” Joseph Heller (1955)
  3. “The Catcher in the Rye,” J.D. Salinger (1945)
  4. “Deliverance,” James Dickey (1970)
  5. Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen: Reflection at Sixty and Beyond,” Larry McMurtry (1999)
  6. “North Toward Home,” Willie Morris (1967)
  7. “Real Analysis,” H. L. Royden (1985)
  8. “Linear Algebra,” Gilbert Strang (2009)
  9. “Models and Metaphors:  Studies in Language and Philosophy, Max Black 1962
  10. “Models, Metaphors, and Analogies,” Daniela Bailer-Jones, Chapter 6 in “Philosophy of Science,” edited by Machamer and Silberstein (2002)
  11. “Plato and the Nerd: The Creative Partnership of Humans and Technology,” Edward Lee (2017)
  12. “The Limits to Growth: A Report for the Club of Rome's Project on the Predicament of Mankind,” Donella Meadows, et al (1972)
  13. “The Grand Contraption,” David Park (2005)
  14. “Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word,” Walter Ong (1982)
  15. “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” Thomas Kuhn (1962)
  16. “The Enlightenment: And Why It Still Matters,” Anthony Pagden (2013)
  17. “The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy,” Anthony Gottlieb  (2000)
  18. “Anaximander,” Carlo Rovelli (2007)
  19. “Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia’s Golden Age From the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane,” S. Frederick Starr (2013)
  20. “Isaiah Berlin’s Counter-Enlightenment,” edited by Joseph Mali and Rober Wokler (2003)
  21. “Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely,” Andrew Curran (2019)
  22. “Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities,” Richard DeMillo (2011)
  23. “The Rise of the Research University: A Sourcebook,” Menand, Reitter, & Wellmon (2017)
  24. “The Marketplace of Ideas,” Louis Menand (2010)
  25. “The Future of the City of Intellect: The Changing American University,” Steven Brint (2002)
  26. “Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid,” Douglas R. Hofstadter (1979)
  27. “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion,” Jonathan Haidt (2012)
  28. “Midnight’s Children,” Salman Rushdie (1981)
  29. “A World Lit Only by Fire,” William Manchester (1992)
  30. “Let Our Fame be Great: Journeys Among the Defiant People of the Caucasus,” O. Bullough (2010)
  31. “All the Light We Cannot See,” Anthony Doerr (2014)
  32. “How Not to be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking,” Jordan Ellenberg (2014)
  33. “Radical Hope,” Jonathan Lear (2006 )
  34. “Lost in Shangri-La,” Mitchell Zuckoff (2011)
  35. “Anaximander,” Carlo Rovelli (2007)
  36.  “Linear Systems Analysis,” Paul Pfeiffer (1961)

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